The Fire opened up the 2013 Reserve League schedule with a 2-1 defeat in Columbus this morning. The team only traveled thirteen players due to injuries and international call-ups and the side consisted of a mix of bench players, academy products, and trialists. The Fire's only goal was scored by Colin Rolfe in the 62nd minute after slotting home a rebound from a Yazid Atouba blast that was saved by Crew 'keeper Matt Lampson.
Fire Line Up
GK Paolo Tornaghi
D Joel Leon*, Michael Jiminez*, Hunter Jumper, Leo Lelis**
M Oscar Gonzalez*, Brendan King, Corben Bone, Yazid Atouba
F Colin Rolfe**, Quincy Amarikwa
Bench: Alec Kann, Maicon Santos
USA v Mexico WCQ
The USMNT's latest trip to Azteca Stadium to take on their national footballing rivals south of the border takes place tonight. Coverage begins at 8:30 cdt on ESPN with kick-off scheduled an hour later. The US finally broke the spell in Azteca Stadium last August by winning a friendly 2-1, but this one is different. The implications are huge for World Cup Qualifying. Mexico is struggling in the "Hex" after two draws and needs a win at home. A US victory would place the Yanks at the top of the table if Honduras loses or draws in Panama.
Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Panama hosts Honduras, and Jamaica is in Costa Rica tonight.
Remaining USMNT qualifying schedule:
6/11 v Panama
6/18 v Honduras
9/6 @Costa Rica
Fire in WCQ.....
Joel Lindpere scored Estonia's second goal in his country's 2-0 win over Andora today.